Dr Nikos Daskalakis is Assistant Professor in Finance and Accounting in the Department of Public Administration of Panteion University, Athens, Greece. Dr. Daskalakis is an experienced researcher having published in numerous top-rated academic journals and his publications enjoy a high level of awareness. His current scientific interests lie in the area of crowdfunding, blockchain applications in finance and SMEs access to finance. Dr. Daskalakis has held consulting positions at top European bodies for matters that regard financial services. He is currently a member if the IRSG-EIOPA, while he has served as a member at the BSG-EBA, FSUG-EC and ECSF-EC. Dr. Daskalakis combines academic research with practical experience; he was Head of Market and Entrepreneurship Development in the Research Institute of the Greek Confederation for Small Enteprises, dealing with matters that mainly regard SMEs access to finance, while he is still consulting the Confederation in matters relative to SME financing.